Widdifield Wins Double Gold in NDA Curling

Nugget Column #20 – Wednesday February 18th, 2015

It was a long road to victory, but it was worth it.

There was nothing easy about navigating an NDA Curling draw that spanned three non-consecutive days made worse by severe cold and a holiday Monday.

Fighting from behind presented an even more challenging path and longer days to survive… but that didn’t hinder the eventual champions.

Having dropped to the losers’ bracket of a double elimination draw on Thursday, tournament favourites in the boys’ division headed right back onto the ice with but a single life to their credit.

Three games away and not a doubt in mind the Widdifield boys curling team featuring Chris Bowman, Ben Alexander, Tanner Johnson, and Joe Snyder won, won, and won to capture the NDA banner yesterday at the North Bay Granite Club.

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The achievement was made even more special by the Wildcat girls who fought off a second final by winning the banner straight up on Tuesday’s morning draw.

The team of Kate Sherry, Tayler Patterson, Lauren McLaren and Emilie Guenette defeated the Algonquin Barons to hold up their end of a deal aimed at capturing double gold for Widdifield Secondary School.

Bryan and Jeff Brouse, long-time coaches of Widdifield’s curling teams, are proud to see their squads heading back to NOSSA and following in the footsteps of many Wildcats before them.

The curlers won’t have far to travel as West Ferris Secondary School gets set to host NOSSA Curling in beautiful North Bay, Ontario. Day one action goes from 7:30am – 7:30pm on Wednesday February 25th while finals go at 2:00pm on the 26th (and at 4:30pm if necessary).

This week we follow Mark Brown, Keith Furevick, Luc Gelinas, and Gary McKnight as they join a group of eights senior men’s curling teams who will playdown for the right to represent Northern Ontario at the 2015 Canadian Seniors in Edmonton.

Brown, who represents the North Bay Granite Club, will face Dave Trudeau of Soo Curlers Association when play gets underway tonight at 7:30pm. Other round robin contests will put the locals face to face with former Provincial, Canadian and World champions including Al Hackner of Thunder Bay.

Follow the home team by logging on to curlnoca.ca or tune into our social media pages for updates.

North Bay curlers can look forward to a pair of fun curling events in our last full month of curling.

Put your entries forward now to participate in the annual Coldwell Banker Open Bonspiel March 6th – 8th. Your $200 entry goes a long way with competition, food, entertainment and prizes being delivered throughout the weekend. Any combination of male or female players are eligible in this open format event.

For those on a tighter schedule, consider a one-day event with proceeds to benefit to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Register for “Curl for a Cure” on March 21st and have fun making a difference in the lives of many. Experienced and rookie curlers are welcome.


Bobby Ray
General Manager
North Bay Granite Club